Being a graduate student in the Master of Public Affairs program through Western Carolina University has provided me with numerous opportunities to expose myself to the political and public arenas in western North Carolina. I’d have to also give Marc Hunt, a candidate for Asheville City Council, credit for not only expanding my knowledge about local politics and issues that interest and affect me, but for being an excellent role model.
Hunt is a dynamic, educated and inspirational person, and I am forever grateful that I’d crossed paths with him as I wrap up my graduate degree and expand my interests in learning about holding political office. My graduate-program director formally introduced Hunt and I, and after learning of his platform, passion and ideas, I decided I wanted to get involved in his campaign. He asked me to be the volunteer coordinator for his campaign and I immediately accepted the responsibility, not only because I wanted the experience, but because I wanted to work alongside someone who has the desire to get things done in an efficient, thoughtful and careful manner. I wanted to work alongside someone who wants to cultivate Asheville’s potential to be an even more wonderful city than it already is.
As a young professional, it’s important for me to network in every possible way. To have people in my community who are seeking elected and appointed office like Hunt whom I personally know and trust will help me to be a better professional. I encourage all young people to get involved in local politics — it affects you more than you may recognize. I encourage everyone to vote for a candidate who is a role model, who is a leader and who is intelligent. Vote Marc Hunt for Asheville City Council on Oct. 11.
— Mindy Smith